Domino Printing Sciences celebrates 40th anniversary
UK-headquartered Domino Printing Sciences has marked its 40th anniversary of manufacturing printing and coding solutions with an event at its Cambridge headquarters.
The business, which operates globally across numerous sectors including confectionery, with its Ax series of inkjet printers widely used within production lines.
As the company explained, its celebrations focused on marking the achievements of its 2,700 worldwide employees, who were thanked for their contributions over the past four decades.
Domino staff were joined by the company’s founder, Graeme Minto, as VIP Guest. Forty years ago, Graeme Minto was the project leader responsible for researching multijet printing at Cambridge Consultants Ltd. He recognised the potential of a single continuous inkjet application and developed a prototype which was shown at the international packaging show, Interpack in 1978.
In addition to confectionery applications, its systems are also used within the bakery market, including a recent project with Irwin’s Bakery in Northern Ireland, which installed over 20 V230i thermal transfer overprinting units.
Speaking at the company’s special event, Nigel Bond, Domino CEO said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 40th Anniversary with a special event for staff who have all made a valuable contribution to our success and enabled us to reach this important milestone.”
The company now has manufacturing facilities in China, Germany, India, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA and sells to more than 120 nations through a global network of 25 subsidiary offices and more than 200 distributors.
“People are a company’s greatest asset,” continues Bond. “We believe that we have such high levels of staff retention because we recognise achievement, reward performance and provide training, support and encouragement for them to progress within the business. Hopefully by creating a motivational and aspirational workplace environment, we encourage our staff to ‘Do more’ for our customers.”
Today, 67 members of Domino’s staff at its UK HQ in Cambridge have completed over 25 years’ service, 4 over 35 years, 19 over 30 years and 44 over 25 years.
Its CEO added: “We now have almost 850 employees at our headquarters in Bar Hill and we are extremely proud that 43% have worked for Domino for more than 10 years, and 15% for over 20 years.
“We recognise the importance of having a shared corporate vision and values, whereby every member of staff is made aware that they each have an important role to play in helping us achieve our corporate goals.”
The company’s growth and achievements have resulted in six Queen’s Awards, the most recent in April 2017 when it received the Queen’s Award for Innovation. The company’s products and performance are also regularly recognised each year with other awards, ranging from local business publications to international industry accolades.
Founded in 1978 with just a small team, Domino Printing Sciences is today a world leader in printing and coding solutions, utilising inkjet, laser, print and apply labelling and thermal technologies, which are used by customers in a wide range of sectors.
One of its most significant breakthroughs surrounded the introduction of product identification in 1980, with the EEC directive to label perishable goods with ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates. This rapidly expanded the market for the company’s inkjet printers into many different sectors such as food, beverage, life sciences and industrial.